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July 5, 2013
And then there were none: Eric Reid signs with 49ers

The 49ers and their first-round draft pick, Eric Reid, struck a deal on a rookie contract Friday, meaning all 11 of the team's draft picks are signed well in advance of training camp. Reid, a safety from LSU, and the rest of the 49ers' rookies will report to camp July 19.

Reid broke the news on Twitter. "Beyond blessed! Officially a 49ER!" he wrote.

The 49ers traded up 13 spots in the first round to select Reid, an athletic and hard-hitting safety, with the No. 18 pick. San Francisco dealt the Nos. 31 and 74 selections to the Cowboys in order to get Reid. The team lost one of its starting safeties, Dashon Goldon, to Tampa Bay in free agency, and the hope is that Reid -- who has a similar skill set to Goldson -- will be able to step into Goldson's former role.

The 49ers also acquired Craig Dahl, formerly a starter at safety with the Rams, in free agency. Dahl, Reid and Donte Whitner rotated with the first-string defense during the spring practice sessions that wrapped up last month. Reid, however, is expected to start opposite Whitner at some point this season. All of the safeties taken in the first round in the last three years have started all 16 regular season games for their respective teams.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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